Residential Permitting Requirements

Residential construction and additions

Permits are required for most construction. During the permitting process, you are required to submit your permits, plans and documents, pay fees and schedule inspections. This guide provides you with the required information for common projects. Click here for an overview of the permitting process. Use the navigation above to select a specific project type to understand what permits, documents and inspections might be required.

Required Permits

  • Required Permit: Building Permit
  • Trade permits are also required to cover any electrical, plumbing, gas or other work you might be doing.

Notice of Commencement

  • If you are doing the construction yourself and not hiring a contractor, the State of Florida requires you to submit an Owner/Builder Declaration form with the building permit application. You must sign this form must in person, at the permitting office. You must provide the city with a copy of the recorded Notice of Commencement if any of the following are true:
    • The construction value for a building permit is more than $2,500,
    • The construction value of an electrical, fire, mechanical or plumbing/gas permit is greater than $7,500 and it is not related to a building permit that already has a Notice of Commencement on file and the electrical permit is not for temporary service/pole only

Required Plans & Documents

All plans must:

  • Be dimensioned and drawn to scale.
  • Include a third-party verified signature of a Florida registered architect/engineer, along with any other supporting documents.

The following plans and documents must be uploaded for review and approval. Click here to learn how to upload your plans.

  • Complete legal description
  • Construction Plans
  • Site Plan or Survey
    • Property lines with lot dimensions
    • Adjacent streets locations and names
    • Easements
    • North arrow
    • Total building site area (in square feet)
    • Dimensions of any existing or proposed buildings
    • Lot area
    • Impervious surface area calculations
    • Dimensions and locations of
      • Air conditioner/mechanical equipment pads
      • Pool equipment
      • Porches, patios and steps
      • Driveway and driveway approach
      • Curb, street pavement edge, public sidewalk and on-site walkways
      • Structure projections and roof overhangs
    • Locations of existing tree
    • Distances from property lines to existing and proposed improvements
    • Distances between existing and proposed improvements.
    • Distinguish between existing conditions and proposed work.
  • Erosion control device details
  • Energy Calculations - A mechanical contractor or project architect must sign the owner/agent certification.
  • Fire Sprinkler Plans for Baldwin Park and for some parts of the southeast generally located east of the Orlando International Airport
  • Property Owner/Developer Approval (Baldwin Park) - Written authorization to apply for permits from the Property Owner/Developer or authorization from the Town Architect for Baldwin Park properties.
  • Assignment Letter - Letter from the Property Owner/Developer assigning impact fee and sewer capacity credits.
  • All infield lots require signed and sealed civil plans by a licensed engineer

Revisions

  • You can only submit revisions after all plans examiners have completed their review of the previous submission.
  • Submit only the sheets that are being revised
  • The revision request form must be submitted with every revision
  • Narrative – Identifying the purpose of revision and what is being revised
  • Provide Case number and address of the project
  • Identify clearly all revisions on the drawings (i.e. draw clouds around revised areas of plans)
  • Comments – attach written response to all comments, include a narrative that lists and explains all revisions.

Contractor Requirements

The contractor must file these items before receiving a permit

  • State of Florida Contractor’s License
  • Contractor’s Business Tax Receipt
  • Proof of Worker’s Compensation Insurance
  • Surety Bond (Registered Contractors only)
  • Competency Card (Registered Contractors only)
  • Special Power of Attorney (if applicable)

Most Common Reasons for Disapproval

  • Site plan/survey not included
  • Site plan/survey not dimensioned
  • Building permit application not signed or notarized
  • Location of AC unit not shown on site plan/survey
  • Plans are not signed and sealed
  • Contractor’s information not current in system
  • Application missing complete owner information
  • At revision status (disapproval is common as a result of lack of Narrative submittal and delineation of changes.)

Shed Permits

Required Permits

  • Required Permit: Building Permit
  • Electrical and plumbing permits are required for all electrical and plumbing work including lights, outlets and sinks.

Notice of Commencement & Owner/Builder Declaration

  • If you are installing the shed as the homeowner and not hiring a contractor, the State of Florida requires you to submit an Owner/Builder Declaration form with the building permit application. This form must be signed, in person, at the permitting office. 
  • If the shed is over $2,500, you must provide the city with a copy of the recorded Notice of Commencement. Click here to file a notice of commencement.

Required Plans & Documents

The following plans must and documents be uploaded for review and approval. Click here to learn how to upload your plans.

Site plan showing the following:

  • Location of the shed on the property.Setback from the shed to the rear and side property lines.
  • Height and size of the shed.
  • The following statement must appear on the site plan: "The City of Orlando's Guidelines for Erosion Sediment Control (aka The Blue Sheet) will serve as a guide for the implementation of erosion sediment control measures."

Additional plans to be submitted include:

  • Erosion and Sedimentation Control form (The Blue Sheet) http://www.cityoforlando.net/permits/wp-content/uploads/sites/29/2016/01/Erosion-Sedimentation-Control-Blue-Sheet.pdf
  • Shed manufacturer’s drawings/specifications.
  • If the shed does not meet the City of Orlando wind speeds (130 mph typically), anchors or straps will be required. The specification/installation instructions for the anchors/straps must be submitted. 

If your shed is not pre-fabricated but instead a custom, field-built shed, your uploaded plans must be signed and sealed engineered drawings. 

Inspections Needed

Click here to schedule your inspections.

Pre-fabricated shed:

  • Final Inspection

Custom, field-built shed:

  • Slab or Footer Inspection
  • Ext. Strapping/Wall Sheathing Inspection
  • Framing Inspection
  • Final Inspection

Development Standards

Fence Permits

Required Permits

  • Required Permit: Building Permit

Notice of Commencement & Owner/Builder Declaration

  • If you are installing the fence as the homeowner and not hiring a contractor, the State of Florida requires you to submit an Owner/Builder Declaration form with the building permit application. This form must be signed, in person, at the permitting office. 
  • If the fence is over $2,500, you must provide the city with a copy of the recorded Notice of Commencement. Click here to file a notice of commencement.

Required Plans & Documents

The following plans and documents must be uploaded for review and approval. Click here to learn how to upload your plans.

A site plan. Create your site plan by highlighting the area for the placement of the fence, marking the height and length, gates and setbacks on a copy of a survey of your property.

Inspections Needed

Click here to schedule your inspections.

  • Final Inspection